Written by Suzan Ahmed
As a mixed African, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Arab heritage woman, I have experienced others’ perceptions of who I am across various categorical labels throughout my life.
From “Black” to “Black and Asian,” to “Muslim,” or the terms I have typically landed on: “Sudanese and Filipino.”
Somehow, I believed that the more objectively “accurate” a description I could give myself—the more “right” one.
But “right” for whom?
Looking back on my life, I realize how much time and energy I have spent “fitting in,” being liked, people-pleasing—and rather than judging myself for this, I can now see it as an adaptive strategy.
A SURVIVAL strategy passed down from my parents and ancestors’ lived experiences.
While I have fortunately felt connected to a real sense of who I am inside throughout life, I can see how I...
How much do you love yourself? This is one of the questions that people often find too easy to answer. Some are too quick to say that they love themselves, but often fail to show how much. How do you show yourself that you have all the love for it? Do you have a self-love ritual that you follow?
Love, in all its forms, all begins in one's love for himself.
When you know how to love yourself unconditionally, you will be able to wholeheartedly accept who you are and appreciate what you have become. You have this positive notion about life in general, and that happiness is a fundamental aspect of who you are.
You will feel good about yourself because you deserve it. When you are coming from this perspective of self-love, you are embracing self-acceptance and self-respect. In turn, you will live a life that is more fulfilling than it has ever been.
From there, you also begin to build strong foundations of a loving...
Amid these strange times, people have to learn how to distance themselves from others quickly. The global pandemic has put many people in the midst of being alone despite being surrounded by a lot of different people.
While this circumstance may have been brought about by the world health crisis, the self-isolation that we have to maintain has required everyone to be on their own. But how about those who fear being left alone? What happens to them?
At the moment, people are trying very hard to survive amid the feeling of being socially disconnected. It is not about having people around for support and love. Rather, it is about knowing that they are there and knowing that you cannot be with them.
This fact brings about a kind of struggle that makes it seemingly impossible to overcome. Astrology has become an excellent tool that provides everyone with an idea of how they can cope with these changes in community interaction and...
What is the secret to becoming successful in life? Perhaps this is the quest of everyone who wishes to establish a stable future for themselves. But then, the same question opens doors of opportunities for everyone to explore what life has to offer.
The secret to having a good life, they say, is not about looking at changing what happened in the past. Rather, it is about looking forward to building a good future. While this is easier said than done, it sends out a powerful message to everyone.
Every person has his way of dealing with the changes that happen in their life. Everyone looks forward to changing because it brings out new opportunities to be better than yesterday.
People get so used to doing things that sometimes, dealing with change can take time. Changes that happen suddenly could be quite hard to adjust to. The brain can get frustrated.
“You can’t teach old dogs new tricks.”
Whenever you hear of the terms "tarot cards" and "tarot card reading," what is the first thing that comes to mind? While many may doubt what these spiritual cards do or how they work, many others believe in their power.
In truth, the effectiveness of tarot card and tarot card reading depends a lot on the personal connection that you build with the deck. After all, a set of tarot cards only remains a tool, so it is truly up to you how you use it to your advantage.
Before you dismiss altogether how to interpret tarot cards, here are a few simple facts about them that will help you gain access to your intuition as well as your inner source of wisdom and power.
The tarot cards deck consists of 78 different cards, each with its own symbol, imagery, and story. The 22 Arcana cards are considered the significant cards in the deck. They represent spiritual and karmic lessons. The 56 Minor Arcana...
You’ve wanted to consult a psychic about your current situation. You need to make a decision soon, and you want to tap the expertise of psychic intuition. But who do you go to? How do you decide which psychic will be able to help?
First things first: You need to identify the strength of the psychic that you are looking for. Like any other relationship that you keep in your life, you should find a psychic that you feel comfortable with.
He should help you feel empowered and confident, with your best interests always in their hearts. If you are new to psychic guidance, you must know which type of psychic would be best for your specific concerns.
Every psychic has their specialty, and it is a must that you consult someone whose expertise is in line with what you need. It entails a tedious research process, but it will be worth it when you find the right one.
You’ll always be better off with a...
Many people say that they have found enlightenment and that it has changed them for the better. While it may be easy to claim enlightenment, perhaps the only question left to ask is this: what do you know about enlightenment?
If you are wondering how to become enlightened, you are not alone in this quest. People often describe people who are enlightened to be kind, loving, and insightful. Although it is pretty easy to claim that these people are the enlightened ones, no one could say so unless they, too, are enlightened.
An enlightened soul is the one who has found the light in the spiritual path. It is not about the evident change in their ways and their personality, but it is about how spiritual practices changed the way they view the world.
What then is spirituality? How does it change a person? Spirituality is the practice of mindfulness and awareness of everything valuable in...
All is Love. Love is all. UNCONDITIONAL love.
Take a moment. Let us each sit with this very basic concept. There NOTHING but love. Love is more fundamentally the choice than it is the results of the choice.
Love is not something that you can negotiate away from. It is an essential component of life, and of consciousness.
Unconditional love is not just love with a capital L. It is not just another emotion to work on:
Unconditional love is THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL aspect of your reality that you experience in every moment.
Or rather, the degree to which you place conditions upon your already-existing abundant unconditional love source IS the degree to which you distort your experience away from that which your...
Our energetic vibration is essentially a measure of how close we are to embodying the characteristics of electricity. The more electric that we perceive ourselves to be, the higher our vibration, and the better we feel.
The ideas we think, the ways that we feel, and the things that we do are all causes AND manifestations of our vibration. The term vibration—whose frequency can be measured quantitatively—is an artificial construct to give some semblance of "wholeness" to our beingness in our language. This is not our most expanded identity, but it is the idea of the filter upon our experience. The reason that we feel any way that we do not desire to contact at any time—the basis of our interaction with our vibration—is that we do not recognize that we can choose. The most fundamental way to raise your vibration is to change your perspective to one of unity, one of unconditional acceptance/joy/compassion, and one of extreme love for the self. Perhaps the most...
Familiarity does not breed contempt. Becoming familiar with negative behavior does. When we are in a traditional workplace, we develop routines that are either helpful or harmful to our relationships. The idea that workplaces are filled with drama is the idea that we cannot control the emotions that we allow into our awareness. This is not the case.
The problem with workplaces is routines not being consciously and intentionally chosen. Most of our habits in a traditional job involve in some way working with other people. Drama or tension, spoken or unspoken, occurs when unintentional routines/habits are formed between two or more people. The practices and routines that most support healthy relationships (and therefore an absence of drama) are those of the way that we communicate to each other and with ourselves. Thus, how we can eliminate workplace drama is by auditing and intentionally re-creating our communication habits. Here are four...